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The streets of New York will come to the screen of Milwaukee's Oriental Theatre in August.

MKE Film, MAM team up for special "Street" screening with Sonic Youth co-founder

We're a week away from one of the biggest, most ambitious movie team-ups in Hollywood history, but Milwaukee just announced a nifty cinematic collaboration of its very own.

On Friday, Aug. 16, Milwaukee Film and the Milwaukee Art Museum will team up for a special screening of "Street" by artist James Nares at the Oriental Theatre – complete with a live score from Nares' friend, Thurston Moore, more commonly known as the co-founder of Sonic Youth.

Nares' "Street" is a 61-minute unscripted art film that features slowed-down footage of everyday people walking through the New York parks, streets and neighborhoods that Nares has called his own since moving to America from London in the '70s. Moore provided the original soundtrack for the film – which he will perform live alongside "Street" on a 12-string guitar.

Both Moore and Nares will take the stage before the screening as well for a conversation guided by Milwaukee Art Museum's Donna and Donald Baumgartner Director Marcelle Polednik, PhD.

The 7 p.m. screening of "Street" will coincide with the exhibit "Nares: Moves" going on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum beginning June 14 through Oct. 6. The exhibit explores the artist's photographs, paintings and sculptures, in addition to his films.

"Street is one of the most heralded works of James Nares's career and embodies much of what we want visitors to discover in Nares's work," Polednik said, in a press release. "We are delighted to have Milwaukee Film's support in presenting this one-of-a-kind event at the Oriental Theatre, making it possible for a much larger audience to experience the film and Moore's live performance of the soundtrack."

"Our partnership with the Milwaukee Art Museum to bring the acclaimed gallery work of James Nares to the big screen perfectly captures the unforgettable cinematic experiences we strive to create at the Oriental Theatre," stated Jonathan Jackson, chief executive officer and artistic director for Milwaukee Film, in the release.

"Much like with RZA and Claudio Simonetti's Goblin, we are excited to welcome Thurston Moore to our historic cinema and build upon our new tradition of presenting audiences with one-of-a-kind live musical events."

Tickets for this special screening will go on sale starting June 1, with tickets costing $30 for the general public and $25 for Milwaukee Film and Milwaukee Art Museum members. Admission also includes admission to the New York City-themed MAM After Dark event that evening, which will serve as the screening's afterparty.

For information on the event, or tickets, visit the Milwaukee Art Museum's website.


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